Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon
Insider

Sign in or become an insider to access this story

Sign In

Sleeve Vent Tricks

Threads #204, Aug./Sep. 2019

Garments with beautifully sewn, classic details give you confidence every time you wear them. Sometimes, though, it’s worthwhile to streamline the construction process: Save time, reduce bulk, or simply make the sewing easier by interpreting traditional elements in a new way.
For example, I like the look of a buttoned vent on a jacket sleeve. However, if I don’t need a functional opening, I prefer to make a faux vent. This finish looks convincing but is quick to sew and adds minimal weight to the cuff. For unlined, lightweight jackets and coats, try this method. All it takes is a minor pattern adjustment.
Similarly, you can sew a shirt sleeve without the fussy cutting, stitching, and folding required for a traditional placket and cuff. Instead, choose or make a two-piece sleeve pattern and create a “placket” at the bottom of the back seam. You don’t need to slash the sleeve to apply a separate continuous lap placket (common on ladies’ blouses) or a miter placket, as on a man’s shirt. A small change to the pattern and a revised sewing sequence yield a neat opening.
These shortcuts don’t compromise the quality of the garments you create—they just make them faster to sew. You’ll spend less time at the sewing machine and more time wearing your new tops and jackets.

Louise Cutting, a Threads contributing editor, is the owner of Cutting Line Designs patterns. CuttingLineDesigns.com

Start your 14-day FREE trial to access this story.

Start your FREE trial today and get instant access to this article plus access to all Threads Insider content.

Start Your Free Trial

Sign up for the Threads eletter

×
Discuss

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Log in or become a member to post a comment.

More From Threads

Discussion Forum

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All

Highlights

Shop the Store

View All
View More